Shane Hernandez, the Republican nominee for Michigan's lieutenant governor, removed a Twitter photo of him in front of a flag of the Three Percenters movement, an anti-government militia.
After the message and photos were deleted Saturday, he tweeted:
Regarding my last post, I bought 8oz of honey from a small business owner, and he wanted to take a picture with me at his booth. When I posted the picture, I did not notice the flag in the background. I disavow any such sentiments.— Shane Hernandez (@hernandez4ltgov) September 3, 2022
The image was one of three in a tweet Hernandez sent out about a visit to a farmers market in Port Austin in Michigan's Thumb. He posed next to a man with the flag.